Dalit student suicide: Kejriwal demands PM's apology

"Modi government constitutionally duty bound to uplift dalits," tweets Kejriwal; Rahul Gandhi to visit UoH.

January 19, 2016 10:29 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:00 pm IST

Following the >suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the NDA government was constitutionally duty bound to uplift Dalits.

"Modi govt constitutionally duty bound to uplift Dalits. Instead Modi ji's ministers got five dalit students ostracised n suspended," tweeted Mr. Kejriwal on Tuesday morning.

The body of the Dalit research scholar was found hanging in the varsity’s hostel room, which >sparked massive >protests .

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were on Monday >named in an FIR over the alleged suicide of the dalit student.

Rahul Gandhi to visit UoH

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is >reported to later visit the University of Hyderabad to meet the students.

Mr. Gandhi is leaving for Hyderabad along with party General Secretary Digvijay Singh and will meet the students of the university, party sources had said.

The Congress had earlier accused the BJP dispensation of having an “anti-Dalit agenda and mindset” and said the death of the scholar was “deliberately orchestrated by Dattatreya, Union HRD Ministry and their cohorts of ABVP“.

“Now an FIR has been registered against the Union Minister and the letter written by him prima facie amounts to abetment of suicide, Congress demands that Dattatreya resigns with immediate effect, failing which the Prime Minister should sack him”, party spokesman R P N Singh had said on Monday.

Vemula’s five-page poignant suicide note, which went viral, triggered grief and much finger-pointing online.

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